Diagramming Sentences

Sentence Diagrams

~ One Way of Learning English Grammar ~

The Anatomy of a Sentence

 Part 10

Every year on the afternoon of December 24, you, a Christmas procrastinator, loaded down with sacks and boxes, walk from store to store, down endless aisles, your eyes scanning windows and racks to find the perfect presents for Mom, Grandpa, and Uncle Joe, but since you know in your heart of hearts that Uncle Joe will appreciate nothing you give him and that you will capitulate to necessity and buy Grandpa a fifth of Seagramís, you concentrate on Mom, as you move into the aisle that you hope to be able to call the final stop of this holiday season.
Any clause that functions as a noun is a noun clause. In this sentence, that Uncle Joe will appreciate nothing is a noun clause used as a direct object. When that introduces a noun clause, it is an expletive (a functional word that does not affect the meaning of the sentence); if it were omitted, the meaning of the the sentence would remain the same.
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